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Eating and shopping at Buckland Abbey

Two visitors sit at a table in the cafe with cups of tea and cakes
Enjoy a range of treats from the cafe | © Sophie Bolesworth

After exploring the Abbey and grounds, why not grab a bite to eat at the Ox Yard Café, where there’s a choice of tea and coffee, light lunches and sweet treats suitable for different dietary requirements. The National Trust shop has a range of locally sourced gifts, and there’s plenty to browse in the Ox Yard art galleries.

The Ox Yard Café

The Ox Yard Café serves food to eat in or take away. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day, while hot food is available until 2.30pm.

Tea and coffee are on the menu, as are freshly baked pasties, sausage rolls, hand-cut sandwiches, locally made ice cream, cakes, children’s picnic boxes and, of course, Devonshire cream teas. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.

There’s a choice of gluten-free cakes, as well as gluten-free bread for soups and sandwiches. There’s even a vegan cream tea option, while the lunchtime menu includes vegetarian and vegan options such as sandwiches, jacket potatoes and pasties.

If you have questions about the menu, please speak to the café team during your visit or call 01822 856041.

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

A visitor with a baby look at brightly coloured books on shelves beside them
Beautiful children's books at the shop | © Sophie Bolesworth

The National Trust shop

The shop at Buckland Abbey is a great place to buy gifts. It stocks a wide range of locally made jewellery, soaps and hand-thrown ceramics, not to mention lovely local food and drink.

For little adventurers, there's everything from affordable toys and nature diaries to binoculars and den kits. Plus, there's a range of delicious sweets, all made in the UK, for the journey home.

Learn more about the history of the Abbey by picking up a guidebook, or treat yourself to a special Buckland souvenir. You can even bring a bit of Buckland back to your garden with a selection of plants, pots and garden ornaments.

The second-hand bookshop

The second-hand bookshop is the place to find a wealth of great reads, from cookery books and novels to gardening encyclopedias and children's books.

Donations of good quality books are welcome, but please email us before arriving. Novels and children’s books are particularly welcome. By donating, you’ll be helping to raise funds to maintain Buckland Abbey for everyone, for ever.

Ox Yard art galleries and shops

Whether it’s a colourful vase or a watercolour, extra-special reminders of your visit can be found at the galleries in the Ox Yard.

The Woodgates' Gallery

Run by husband-and-wife team Richard and Anne Woodgate, this gallery is full of beautiful crafts, pictures, wood carvings and handmade cards created by the couple. It's the perfect place to pick up a unique but affordable gift.

Discover Richard's art

Discover Anne's art

Xuella Arnold Jewellery

Xuella Arnold has 30 years of experience making unique silver, gold and bronze jewellery, which is sold around the country. Her shop tends to be open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm, but email Xuella to check before making a special visit.

Commissions are made on site, including wedding and engagement rings, and the remodelling of old jewellery. Silver jewellery workshops will be available at the workshop. Please email to register interest.

Email Xuella Arnold Jewellery

Shirley Kirkcaldy Art Studio and Gallery - opening September 2023

Shirley Kirkcaldy is a contemporary landscape artist whose work in oil and mixed media has a deep sense of place lying at its heart. Inspiration is drawn from the moody, windswept Dartmoor landscape where she lives and the spectacular coastlines of Devon and Cornwall.

Her work includes original paintings, fine art prints and hand-made greeting cards. You will also find a curated selection of contemporary art gifts and homeware, hand made in the UK and all produced using her original artwork.

Shirley’s gallery is also her working studio so if visiting you will find her busy painting but a warm welcome is always guaranteed! Opening hours vary so please contact her to check before making a special visit.

Commissions are undertaken and art workshops are offered throughout the year.

Please visit her website for further information or email to register interest - Alternatively please call 07393317751 or 07539365175 if you have an enquiry.

Thank you

It is through your purchases and support that we are able to continue to care for nature, beauty and history for everyone, for ever.

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